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hello, and welcome to "gmt" on "bbc world news." i'm stephen sackur. our top stories, president obama delivers a blunt message to the government in myanmar. more reform needed and fast. the u.s. president makes a house call on opposition leader aung san suu kyi and says the ban on her running for president doesn't make sense. >> ultimately, what changes are made are up to the people of burma. but for example, i don't understand a provision that
would bar somebody from running for president because of who their children are. filif i philae running out . a stack of hail. one needle buried inside. is this a challenging piece of parisian art or a desperate artist clutching at straws? and also in the program, aaron's here with all the business, including some important numbers from europe. good ones. >> good joke, by the way. the eurozone only e americmerger ago. should governments focus more on investment rather than austerity? yes, more spending, less cutting. it is midday here in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, d.c. and 4:30 in the afternoon in the
myanmar city of yangon, where barack obama has made a very public display of support for the country's opposition leader aung san suu kyi. the pair embraced, they joked and walked arm in arm after addressing a joint news conference. the american president said the constitutional law which bars suu kyi from running for the presidency next year because her children are british citizens doesn't make sense. mr. obama also gave a blunt assessment of the need for myanmar to speed up the process of political reform. jonah fisher sent us this report. >> reporter: a second trip to ya flrvegs -- yangon meant frustration. would aung san suu kyi's policy mean a cold shoulder for the u.s. president? he needn't have worried. after an hour of talks, it was clear the special relationship was still on. >> i would like to make it quite
clear that the friendship between the united states and those who have been struggling for democracy in burma is a very strong one. we may view things differently from time to time, but it will in no way affect our friendship. >> reporter: ms. suu kyi believes the united states lifted its restrictions on myanmar too quickly, and that there has been no significant reforms here for the last two years. president obama, though was keen to stress the positive side. >> in the past two years, important changes have been made. the economy has begun to grow. political prisoners have been set free. there are more newspapers and media outlets. children have been released from the military. and these are all important changes that have opened up greater opportunity for the people of burma. >> reporter: both mentioned the importance of constitutional change and in particular the clause that stops ms. suu kyi from becoming president. they then headed inside with one
last display of public affection. myanmar's transformation is one of president obama's few foreign policy success stories. so he's had to strike a difficult balance on this trip, stressing that overall, this is a positive story, while pointing out those areas where reforms have stalled, or things have gone backwards. the treatment of the muslim minority and the need for constitutional change were both raised during earlier talks with myanmar's president thein sein. if reforms are to move forward, the army's political power will have to be reduced. for now, no one seems willing or able to push through that degree of change. >> all right, well we can stay with the story and join jonah fisher in yangon right now. jonah, the body language was so warm between obama and aung san suu kyi. do you think that one of his
purposes was to make it clear that he is adamant that she must be allowed to stand in the forthcoming presidential election? >> reporter: that much was very clear from president obama's comments. i think much of the public displays of affection almost came -- was initiated from her side, because in the run-up to president obama's trip here, there had been considerable talk from her that she was frustrated with american policy. she believed that the americans had effectively lifted the pressure off the burmese government too early before they had really made substantial concessions in terms of changing the constitution. so in what we saw there, the touching of hands, the hugs, the kisses, the arm around at the very end, i think it was their way of putting forth the visual message that they remain united and americans remain very committed to aung san suu kyi in trying to assist her drive through a real democratic
program here. >> i guess sometimes we forget, jonah, just how far myanmar has come from the dark days of military dictatorship. tell me what sort of reaction there is amongst ordinary folk watching the obama visit on tv or listening to it on radio? how much excitement is there when a u.s. president comes to myanmar today? >> well, there's excitement but you have to put this in the context of the first visit, which was in 2012. then it was a real breakthrough moment for this country. this was really myanmar's reemergence into the international community after decades of isolation. obviously now they've become much more used to seeing senior world figures come here, but there is still considerable excitement. he's a popular figure here. they see him as a loyal supporter of aung san suu kyi. so there was considerable support. he spoke at a meeting of young
leaders this afternoon, in which there was cheering, excitement, lots of enthusiasm for the fact that he was here. so certainly people are happy that he's come here. it's yet another confirmation for them that myanmar is no longer isolated from the world. that it's part of the international community once more. >> all right, jonah fisher, thank you very much for joining us on "gmt" from yangon. now we can bring you some breaking news. it involves football and africa. equatorial guinea is to replace morocco as host nation for the 2015 african cup of nations soccer tournament. if you remember, morocco decided it did not want to hold the tournament as a result of what it perceived to be the dangers of the ebola virus in west africa and the concerns about movement of peoples. but it now seems -- and we've got this from multiple news agencies in the region, that
equatorial guinea is to be the host of the africa cup of nations. we'll bring you more on that story, of course, as we get it. now more on the small philae spacecraft perched on the comet known as 67p, some nearly 500 million kilometers from earth. it's sending back data which has got european space scientists hyperventilating with excitement. but the question is for how much longer? philae has ended up in the shadow of a cliff, and without direct sunlight, its solar panels can't back up the onboard batteries, which have a limited life. scientists are considering trying to move philae, but that is a high-risk operation. to get the very latest on the mission, i'm joined by our science correspondent. first, before we get to what's going to happen to philae, let's just talk about the quality of the data that's being sent back and what we are learning from the stuff that we're getting back? >> well, it's just breathtaking,
isn't it? a ten-year chase, and landing on a comet. it was always going to be a risky move, and the whole experiment was designed knowing that what precious time philae was on the comet should be maximized. so it has got a battery that had a 60-hour lifetime. and while it hasn't been receiving any extra power from the sun, it's been gathering information, though it is in a slightly lopsided position. so it's been sniffing the air. it's been feeling the ground. it's been taking the temperature and been taking some of these wonderful pictures that we've been showing. >> the images are fantastic. the comet does look like a pretty inhospitable place. but how far can they go with onboard experimentation? for example, could philae drill down beneath the surface? >> well, that's next. in some ways, that's the biggest experiment because they want to find out exactly what the
comet's made from. and unbelievably, that little lander has onboard a laboratory, so the idea is to drill down for a sample, put it in the laboratory and find out the exact components. the problem is if you start drilling and start moving, then philae can tip over and float into space. so they're saving that experiment to last. >> right. because there is sort of a clock ticking on all of this. we talked a little bit about the problem with the battery life and the fact the solar panels don't seem to be getting enough sunlight. i have heard some discussion of whether it would be possible to move philae, to get it into more direct sunlight. is it possible? how would they do it? >> that is still on the table. let me talk through what's going to happen. they're going to do everything they can. it's about nine hours battery life left. i mean, that's an estimate. they're going to sniff. they're going to scratch. they're going to take the temperatures. then they're going to do the difficult experiment of trying to take a sample, putting it
back. they won't do the experiment to find out what the water is made of, which is disappointing, because that would tell us where the comets brought water to earth, which was one of the big experiments. but they will try to figure out whether there are organic compounds, the stuff that created life. with the last ounce of strength, philae's landing gear will push in the hope that it will find a bit more sunlight. if it doesn't, that's the end of a glorious campaign. if it does, then maybe, especially if philae lienands i the right place, it could continue for days, possibly months. the story runs and runs. >> it remains completely gripping to so many of us. thanks for giving us the very latest. thanks a lot. now, american news agencies are reporting that a surgeon working in sierra leone who has contracted the ebola virus is to be flown to the united states for treatment. according to an unnamed u.s. official, the surgeon is a
citizen of sierra leone, but also a legal permanent u.s. resident. if the case is confirmed, the doctor will be the tenth person with ebola to be treated in the united states. dr. martin freed is in charge of the world health organization's work on ebola drugs, on the search to find a vaccine. and we can join him now from geneva. dr. martin freed, we heard i think a couple of weeks ago of the extensive efforts and trials being run to speed up the effort to find an effective vaccine. where does that effort stand today? >> well, the vaccines have all begun their initial safety trials, so the safety trials are under way, and it will still be sometime before we start efficacy trials. but we will not know if these vaccines work until they have gone into efficacy trials. that will be sometime in the middle of next year. >> i suppose one of the important questions is where the trials will take place.
will they take place in those west african nations where ebola is currently causing such a grave crisis? >> currently, the safety trials are not taking place in those countries because it would not be very fair to take the safety trials into such situations. but the efficacy will be conducted in those countries where the disease is rampaging. >> yeah, because there was talk within a year or so of getting hundreds of thousands of vaccines into those affected nations. is that still the sort of timeframe and scale that you're talking about? >> absolutely. >> and when you look today from w.h.o. at the projections for the spread of the disease, your great fears that by december, you know, many thousands of people -- tens of thousands could be affected, are you a little more optimistic? are you scaling down the projections a little bit or not? >> i really can't talk to those projections. there are other experts at w.h.o. that could talk to it.
i can talk about the drugs and the vaccines. >> well, let's stick to that then, and with you, let's chew over where you see the science today. i mean, one would like to believe that if so many great scientific minds that have put their effort and resource into this in a concerted fashion across the world, that this could be done even quicker than you're talking about. is there any way that you can tell us, you know what, with good news and a fair wind, it might be quicker than we think? >> i'm not certain that we can say for the moment that it will be quicker than we think. i think everybody is doing their best. and unless a real miracle happens, i think our projections are going to carry on, as has been already stated. what we have been discussing here over the last few days are drugs. drugs to treat people that are actually sick. so the vaccines to prevent people getting sick, but the drugs are to treat people if they are sick.
we've got the proapproatwo appr either giving them blood, or drugs that can possibly cure the disease. >> just a final thought. i hope this doesn't sound cynical. but so many drugs are developed by commercial enterprises who ultimately want to make a profit. is it absolutely clear that in this case, given your involvement at w.h.o. and given so many different nation states' commitment and involvement, there's going to be no profit motive at all at work in the development of both the vaccines and the other drugs you're talking about? >> it's very difficult to imagine a profit motive when the majority of the people who have the disease are so poor. they will, of course, be some interest in gaining profit from the industrialized countries, they might want to stockpile some of these products. but the majority of the drug use would, of course, be in countries that are extremely poor and it's difficult to imagine that profit can be the real driver here. >> martin friede, thank you very much for joining us from the offices of the w.h.o.
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indian police have arrested the head of a drug manufacturing company and his son on suspicion of destroying evidence related to the deaths of 13 women who underwent sterilizations. more victims arrived at hospitals from villages on thursday and friday. some clutching medicine strips and complaining of vomiting, dizziness, and swelling. i know you've been following this story. seems like more and more people are falling sick. what is the latest?
>> reporter: well, as far as the women are concerned, what we've been told is that 122 are still in hospital. and some are in a critical condition. the number of women who have died is at 15. these arrests, as you said, it's the owner of a factory and son who have been arrested. this is about a hundred kilometers away from where the women are admitted in hospital and where the mass sterilization camp was actually held. police actually raided this factory, one factory here, and another one there because there was suspicions that the medicines which were given to the women to take after the surgery were actually made in these two factories. the doctor who conducted the surgery was also arrested earlier, and he's actually blamed the medicines as well, saying that he's conducted many of these surgeries and there's never been any problem before.
but it's important to know that authorities have actually not confirmed what caused the deaths. was it botched surgeries or medicines at fault. >> right. buzz that's interesting. i had understood that the scrutiny was on this powerful antibiotic drug, but you're telling me it is not entirely clear that that drug, that antibiotic is responsible. >> reporter: that's right, because we have spoken to authorities in this area, and i did specifically ask them, saying, you know, do you know exactly what caused those deaths? is it the medicines? was there a problem with the surgeries? and they have not confirmed this. even the postmortem examination reports those who died have not been made available. what we do know from the families of those who have died is that when they went to the hospital with these strips of medicine after the women had taken ill, those medicines had been seized by authorities
following which they conducted these raids. >> all right, yogita. thank you very much for updating us there. thank you very much indeed. now we're going to take you back to the news that we broke just a little bit earlier on. it concerns the desperate search for a new host for the forthcoming africa cup of nations football tournament. it was going to be in morocco. then the moroccans decided to pull out on safety grounds as the ebola virus became a more pressing threat across west africa. it's now been announced that equatorial guinea will host the tournament. our africa football specialist is here with me. alex, is this a surprise? >> it's a bit of a surprise, yes. there's been speculation over the past few days as to where this tournament can go, given the fact equatorial guinea has just over two months to prepare it. this is a big event. >> it's a tiny nation. >> it's a very small nation. i know you've been there.
i was there when they co-hosted the tournament in 2012. this time they decided they can do it alone. only two stadiums, one in the capital, which is on an island off the west coast of africa, and then on embatta on the mainland. so they have to get 16 teams, four groups of four, playing in just those two stadiums. they feel as they have the infrastructure to make this work and managed the federation of football, who organized football on the continent, that they can do it. they were desperate after morocco pulled out because south africa, who are probably the obvious choice to organize this given the fact that had the world cup and the last cup of nations in 2013, they said no, we don't want it. egypt said they didn't want it. so did ghana. there was talk about nigeria. tunisia. and gabon, which co-hosted with equatorial guinea last time. >> pretty sorry is a go. it doesn't speak well to the commitment of african nations to
pull together. i just wonder whether you think this tournament can be a success given the run-up to it. >> it's a monumental challenge to put this tournament on in just two months. will it be a success? i don't know. i'm not sure what the stadiums are like. >> you experienced the tournament in 2012 in equatorial guinea. not just, but they co-hosted. given the way they handled the pressures then, do you think there's a good chance they can make it work this time? >> they pulled it off last time. it did work. the stadiums were pretty full. certainly when the home team were playing. that's another issue, actually. because equatorial guinea have been disqualified from this year's africa cup of nations because they fielded an ineligible player. >> will they gate place in the tournament or not? we'll keep coming back to you for more information. thanks for the latest on that. now, how far can the boundaries of art be stretched?
how about the latest installation in one parisian gallery? it's a stack of hay, a needle buried within and an italian performance artist spending day after day -- yeah, you guessed it -- looking. hugh schofield went along for a private view. >> reporter: not many museum directors get quite this close to the works on display, but if you're going to hunt the needle in the haystack, first someone has to hide it. and now the performance proper can begin. painstaking, laborious, but for the artist, clearly something of an obsession. >> it's a figure of speech. since i was a child, when i heard it the first time, i think it was in primary school probably. and i just always felt how is this actually going to be if i really do it? >> reporter: the technique seems to be to grab a handful of stalks and scrunch through them
hoping for a prick. of course, i could tell sven roughly where the needle is, but i won't because that would miss the point. he's on a personal mission. the suspense, will he or won't he find it. but is it art, that's the question. >> it's interesting, which makes it that art to me. >> i think it's a great idea to make a common phrase we use in everyday life, to make us visualize it. >> reporter: and for his next taking common phrases literally stun, how about making a mountain out of a molehill? now that would be something. hugh schofield, bbc news, paris. well, somebody said the artist had hay fever. wasn't me. coming up in thefection half-hour of "gmt," touchdown putin. the russian president lands in the australian city of brisbane
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welcome to "gmt" on "bbc world news." i'm stephen sackur. in this half-hour, the russian president vladimir putin arrives in australia for the g20 summit with tough words and warships in tow. australia's prime minister accuses mr. putin of trying to recover lost glories, as another clash over the sanctions on moscow looms. france experiences a feline frenzy as the hunt goes on for a big cat allegedly on the loose just outside paris.
and aaron is back with all the business and he's going to be looking at the g20 business. >> it's a call to action. yes, the big boss at the imf tells the bbc she wants more than just words from those g20 leaders, especially when it comes to boosting jobs and growth. so stay tuned, we've got that interview with christine legaard. welcome back to "gmt." russian president vladimir putin has just arrived in australia to join world leaders gathering in brisbane for this weekend's summit of g20 nations. the australian prime minister tony abbott says global growth will be top of the agenda, but tensions with russia over ukraine and the issue of sanctions are expected to loom large, too. now, we can take you live to pictures from brisbane, where we
can see the official chinese plane, which has landed, currently sitting on the runway, and we do expect that door to open very soon. so we'll just stay with it for a moment, see if president xi jinping is beginning to emerge. i almost wish that that official there could hear me, because then he'd realize he better get on with it and open the door. but let's just stay and see whether we can get a glimpse of the chinese leader. yeah, i think we're going to have to leave it for now. we, of course, will go back to brisbane for developments at the g20 later. but for now, we have this report from our man jon donnison, who has been assessing the mood in brisbane. >> reporter: the world's big wigs in brisbane for the g20 down under. obama, merkel, and a somewhat pasty-looking david cameron are among the cast dressed up as
aussie lifeguards. one big head conspicuously absent, vladimir putin. the organizers of this publicity stunt said they didn't bother with the russian president as they weren't sure he was going to get an invite. in the end, mr. putin will be at the g20. his second summit in a week after the apec meeting in china. but in australia, he could cut something of an isolated figure. 38 australians were among 298 people killed when the malaysian plane mh17 was shot down over eastern ukraine in july, possibly by russian-backed rebels. the prime minister here says he'll be seeking answers from president putin, even using an australian sporting term suggesting he wants a physical confrontation. >> look, i'm going to shirt front putin. you bet i am.
i am going to be saying to mr. putin australians were murdered. >> reporter: memorial services for those who died are still taking place. the bodies only recently returned home. mr. abbott's strong stance is aimed at the families who are still grieving, but some believe he'll need to tone things down with mr. putin at this weekend's g20. >> doesn't want that to become a distraction. doesn't want that to become a focus, shirt fronting or some sort of scuffle between himself, a verbal scuffle between himself and the president of russia, because he wants the g20 meeting to succeed. >> reporter: this time tomorrow, vladimir putin will be here behind the endless barriers and rows of security. the australian media have made much of the spat between the russian leader and prime minister tony abbott. even talking about russian warships apparently being stationed off the queensland coast. but the truth is australia has
spent more than $500 million putting on the g20, and for it to be a success, they'll want it to pass off without any sort of major diplomatic incident. jon donnison, bbc news, in brisbane. >> well, there's jon donnison. and now we can go back live to brisbane and see president xi jinping of china, who has just descended from the aircraft steps and is being officially greeted on the tarmac there, alongside his wife. so, all of the leaders are indeed now gathering in brisbane. barack obama, he has been in myanmar, but he will be making his way very shortly to join the other g20 leaders there in australia. so let's just pick up now on the russia and putin angle at the g20 with our correspondent in moscow steve rosenberg. it's very striking that in the run-up to his arrival, mr. putin
gave an interview, very, very strong words. condemnation of the international sanctions against russia. do you think putin is saying this for domestic consumption, or does he really believe that he can win some sort of battle over sanctions? >> i don't know if he believes he can actually win a battle over sanctions. he's actually not going to bring the subject up at the g20. he's made that clear. but he wants to make it clear to the west and to the domestic audience too that sanctions are a mistake. an attempt by russia's partners in the west, as he describes them, to help their own geopolitical interests, and he made it clear in that interview that the western sanctions run counter to the principles of g20, to international law, and to the wto. he also admitted that they were having an effect, they were damaging to russia. but he said they damaged america too and he said that countries
like germany, which have a lot of economic cooperation with russia, risk losing a lot of jobs back home if that economic cooperation is damaged, too. >> that's interesting, because i note that russian officials are saying there will be a bilateral putin-merkel meeting in australia. do you think that the russians see their relationship with germany as crucially important to the next few days and weeks as they try to, you know, make sure that their economy, the russian economy, isn't fundamentally damaged by what's going on? >> i think that's absolutely right, steven, because there's a lot of business, a lot of trade between russia and germany. and i think the kremlin respect chancellor merkel. a lot is said about a difficult relationship between the two leaders, but i think because she has been in power for so long, there is a grudging respect from the kremlin.
and a belief that a good relationship could improve general relations between russia and the european union. the foreign minister is expected here on talks. i think that meeting on the sidelines of the g20 between putin and merkel will be quite important. >> steve, thank you very much for giving us the latest from moscow. plenty more on the g20 here on "bbc world news," not least right now with aaron and all of the business with a g20 perspective. >> going to start with g20. also got those eurozone numbers today. not that good. i'll explain those in a moment. hello there. certainly as you've been hearing, leaders of the world's 20 largest economies, they are gathering. you've been seeing the pictures. gathering in brisbane, australia. creating jobs and growth certainly at the top of that agenda for the summit. linda yuen, she's there. she spoke to christine legaard,
who told us she wants action. take a listen. >> i would like to see commitment be delivered. i believe they are focused on jobs, growth, infrastructure. which is good. but now that the commitments are coming in, we will need to see delivery on the commitments, and that's, you know -- the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say, and that's exactly what we will be faced with. >> reporter: these issues that you mention, as well as say public health issues like boeshlg all affe-- ebola, all ae economy. >> women inclusion, inequality, climate change, ebola. those are four topics that have not been the immediate focus throughout the presidency. and yet on which the australian
authorities are prepared to talk about, to include in the debates. and it's the beauty of these gatherings, because at the last minute, there is always something new coming up that will be the talk of the day, and hopefully the work of the year. >> reporter: so there won't -- because there's always some report that some countries will say no to having discussions on s some topics. >> that's good for you because it gives a bit of flavor and stuff to talk about. >> reporter: i want to move a bit to the global economy. certainly one of the big reasons for the focus on growth is that the global economy has recovered, but the growth is not uniform, and is certainly not robust. so when you look across the major economies, is there a risk that some of them, for instance europe, could tip back into recession? >> i called it the new mediocre.
and that's a clear risk on the horizon. it's that having recovered from the crisis, the recovery is, as you said, fragile and even insufficient to create the jobs that are needed. and we see areas of the world at risk of lapsing back into negative territory, which is the last thing we need. so i hope that on the occasion of this g20 in brisbane, the leaders understand that they have to cooperate. they have to work together. and they have to use all levers in order to, you know, create those jobs and support that sustainable and solid growth that is so much needed, provided it's inclusive. >> christine lagarde talking about jobs and growth. i've got some growth stories. today, a year on from the eurozone's longest ever economic slump, we've had official
figures confirming that recovery is barely happening at all. put some numbers together for you. take a look at this. between july and september, that three-month period, the eurozone's economy grew just this, 0.2 of a percent. ving figures if we break them down, germany, similar story, with growth just nothing. 0.1%. france actually fared a little better. that was a bit of a surprise, actually. france coming in at 0.3%. but italy was not lucky at all, going backwards again, 0.1 of a percent. italy has now failed to grow for 13 quarters. what's that? that means no growth for more than three years out of italy. we also note european central bank has slashed borrowing costs to record lows. they have launched multiple programs to encourage bank lending. so what more can be done to propel europe forward? let's try and find out. it's a big ask. christian schultz joins us. great to have you with us, as
always. let's start with germany, the powerhouse. 0.1 of a percent. at least it's not recession. but what's going wrong with germany? >> well, two things are actually fine. one is consumption, which was quite strong over the summer, maybe boosted by the world cup victory. the second is exports, which is also doing quite fine, given that the u.s. and uk are growing nicely. china is still growing strongly. the weakness in germany is investment, where the uncertainty caused by mr. putin, who will have discussions with ms. merkel in brisbane probably where he's probably the driving factor. he's made german companies uncertain. they're postponing investment projects and that's what's keeping growth down at the moment. >> okay, i'm glad you mentioned spending, or the lack of spending. so businesses aren't spending, but there's a lot of people around saying these eurozone governments and in particular
germany, they need to spend. they need to -- i don't know, more infrastructure programs. i mean, more spending, less cutting, yeah? >> well, if you look at the french data, there seems to be at least one government in europe which is spending, because french growth was almost entirely dependent on government spending. but that's not really sustainable. eurosewn governments already have very high debts. some of them are running high def -- high deficits. in the short term, there may be some gains to be had. but i don't see, for instance, germany building bridges and that causing italian or french entrepreneurs to invest more in their domestic economies. so i'm skeptical on these fiscal stimulus. >> sorry to put you on the spot then, christian. what is the answer? the european central bank, it doesn't look like they can do any more really. what's the answer? >> the ecb needs to do what it
can do to keep inflation near 2%. there's more they can do. but we have to also look at the bright spot in the eurozone, which you didn't mention. >> greece. >> spain, greece. exactly. these economies, which had a terrible time over the last five years, are now recovering solidly. greece has had three quarters of growth. spain has had six quarters of growth. portugal is also doing nicely. so these economies which have had the tough reforms, the labor market reforms, the product market reforms, which have had the ah austerity, they are the ones benefiting, and that's the blueprint for countries like italy or france as well. >> sure is. good on you, christian. thank you very much. christian shulz. greece out of recession. first time in six years. could africa one day produce popular animated movies to compete with the american blockbusters? hollywood regularly chooses locations on the african continent to shoot films. and now young entrepreneurs are
basically looking to export their products, like animator michael mutica, the founder of fat boy animations. his 3-d cartoons have appeared on kenyan television and he's planning for much, much more. listen to this. i started doing this profession professionally, that's when i started fat boy. but a year before that, i was still doing a lot of animation, since i was a kid. and doing a lot of cartoons and watching so many cartoons, and today i watched most of the interesting cartoons that are released. >> so what do you like to do for fun? >> what? oh. facebooking. do you know what facebook is? >> what people like to see, and
what amazes them is that oh, my goodness, this cartoon character is behaving like us. and i'm able to do that because i'm a kenyan. and i've been living in kenya for 28 years. so i really understand what goes on with every culture, every tribe in kenya. >> these are the things that bring income and are helping the company grow and become bigger. eventually i would like in the future fat boy to be a company that stands on its own and does their own productions and sells movies and things like that. i want it to grow in africa. i want it to develop from africa. i want it to be an africa theme. what i want is for the american and foreign market to come to
us, rather than me going to them. i would like to be in that market. as a business, i would like fat boy to grow, yeah. >> fascinating me. tweet me, i'll tweet you back. don't we have a producer? >> certain resemblance. >> you going to say his name out loud? >> no i think i know where you're going. i'm going to stop you right now. >> see you. do stay with us on "bbc world news." still to come, a big cat near disney land, this ain't jungle book. there are reports of a beast on the loose near the paris theme park. we're going to bring you more. . diddly squat. big ol' goose egg. the new iphone, zero down.
welcome back to "gmt." i'm stephen sackur. the top stories this hour. president obama delivered a blunt message to the government in myanmar. more reform is needed and fast. and a story that we brought you in the last hour, equatorial guinea will replace morocco as host of the 2015 african cup of nations. morocco refused to host the tournament in january because of fears about ebola. fear of fur is flying in the suburbs, following sightings of a mystery beast. schools are being guarded. residents of local villages are being told to be watchful. the french media, of course, is going wild. we can speak to the director of
the mayor's office in the town of montevrain. it's an extraordinary story. what is the very latest? some french officials seem to be saying it ain't a tiger. what do you think? >> thank you for receiving us on bbc. this is the second day of the hunt of the tiger. and for the moment, we say it is a tiger. it is a tiger. so we confirm it's a tiger. the tiger moved from montevrain and go to a city not far from montevrain called farrior, and we saw the tiger in the morning,
around the principle motorway. we tried to reduce the perimeter where the tiger is. >> you seem very sure it is a tiger. others are less sure. is it possible that this is a hoax? it may be a trick being played by some of your local residents. >> firstly, i don't know who you are speaking about. for the moment, it is a tiger. there is no other option. some may decide to speak about another animal, but we have no confirmation. there is no proof there is
another animal. >> in a word, if you would, are people frightened? >> no. to be honest, all people are calm, quiet. there is no problem. >> we wish you well with the search. we have to end there. thank you very much. >> thank you, thank you. london has one of the most recognizable cityscapes in the world. one man has been looking beyond the familiar, capturing pictures of hidden parts of the city that we rarely get to see. "unseen london" features secret corners of some of the best known buildings and he's been telling us about the efforts made to get that perfect shot. free mason's hall is a fascinating building. i've walked past it many thousands of times and never
realized what was inside. they were kind enough to allow me access and this is part of the wonderful indian temple. it's an amazing building for its architecture, its detail, its craftsmanship. i think my advertising background allowed me to look at the properties in a different way. the idea was to try and record them, as they stand in the 21st century, to use long exposure so we weren't changing the effect on the lighting in the buildings. and just to be able to share my hidden london with the rest of the world. >> some wonderful images there from "hidden london." that's pretty much all from us on the "gmt" team, but babita is here to tell you what's coming up on "impact." coming up, we'll be live in
germany where scientists are due to hold a news conference. they're deliberating about whether or not the comet should take some more risks and move the lander. also, we're going to be speaking to a korean film star who joins me to talk about hollywood ambitions and his latest challenge behind the camera. that's coming up with me on "impact" next. see you soon. goal is to grow. gotta get greater growth. i just talked to ups. they got expert advise, special discounts, new technologies. like smart pick ups. they'll only show up when you print a label and it's automatic. we save time and money. time? money? time and money. awesome. awesome! awesome! awesome! awesome! (all) awesome! i love logistics.
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